Patients need to be taught better about what it means to have gout and understand that it is an ongoing disease, according to Theodore Fields, MD. Even if the patient’s acute attack is treated, they can gradually get worse if the uric acid isn't brought down.
Since gout isn’t something that is taught in medical school there’s a gap in knowledge among primary care physicians about the treatment of gout that needs to be addressed.
Lower back pain is the second most common cause for someone to see a physician. Rajiv Dixit, MD, attributes how common the condition is to the degenerative process that is common in the lumbar spine; however it has been hard to explain why that is.